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Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosley

Airs Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Presenter Michael Mosley having a final weigh-in, after five weeks of intermittent fasting.

British journalist and physician Michael Mosley sets an ambitious goal: to become healthier and lose weight while making as few changes as possible to his life. In working toward these goals, Mosley discovers a powerful new science behind the old idea of fasting, a program that still allows him to enjoy his favorite foods.

Courtesy of Kate Dart

Presenter Michael Mosley contemplates his diet for the next three days – three instant soups.

Courtesy of Mike Garner

Dr. Krista Varady, who studies Alternate Day Fasting, with presenter Michael Mosley.

Courtesy of Roshan Samarasinghe

Presenter Michael Mosley having his final blood test, after five weeks of intermittent fasting.

He takes a road trip across the U.S. to investigate how a little hunger can turn on the body’s “repair genes” and, of course, tries the new science himself. Mosley learns that a diet based on feast and famine has powerful effects on the body, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

The diet seems to pack the anti-aging clout of calorie restriction while still allowing for a taste of the good life. And it turns out to be not only good for the body; it may also be good for the brain.

“I have always been interested in self-experimentation as a research device because so many of the most important discoveries came from scientists and doctors who used themselves as test subjects,” Mosley says, “but I had never before performed a series of trials on my own health.”

He says that when routine blood work last year revealed troubling signs — including borderline diabetes and high cholesterol — his doctor recommended medications. “But I chose instead to seek out doctors and scientists doing cutting-edge research into these problems, which so many others face as well, and use these specials to demonstrate the journey I took to find those solutions.”

This program was available for online viewing through May 4, 2013 but was extended through September 7, 2013.

MORE MOSLEY:

KPBS originally aired this special in 2013 as part of a health, diet and exercise-focused science series that includes "The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley" on Wednesday, April 10th at 10 p.m. (watch full episode below through through Saturday, May 11, 2013), and "Guts With Michael Mosley" on Wednesday, April 17th at 10 p.m. (watch full episode below through Saturday, May 18, 2013). "10 Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight" airs Wednesday, April 24th at 10 p.m. (watch below).

Follow @DrMichaelMosley on Twitter. "The Fast Diet" is on Facebook, and you can follow @TheFastDietBook on Twitter.

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Eat, Fast and Live Longer With Michael Mosley - Preview

Above: With cameras in tow for the series, best-selling British author, journalist and popular TV personality Dr. Michael Mosley traveled across the U.S. to collaborate with researchers doing extraordinary work in a variety of health-related fields.

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Eat, Fast And Live Longer: 101-year-old Fauja Singh Runs the London Marathon

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Eat, Fast And Live Longer: Possibly the Unhealthiest Restaurant in the World

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The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley Preview

Above: Join British journalist and physician Michael Mosley on his journey to uncover the truth about exercise. Mosley reveals the latest scientific discoveries about how our bodies respond to a workout and why individuals respond differently.

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Preview: Guts With Michael Mosley

Above: Accompany Michael Mosley into the strange and mysterious world of the human stomach!

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10 Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight

Above: Each year millions of people attempt to slim down-and fail. If super-diets and weight-loss fads don't work, what does? This program presents ten science-based approaches to losing weight without starving as volunteers put the theories to the test. Experiments reveal the relationship between plate size and food consumption, why soup is the most filling of meals, how low-fat dairy products actually help the body eliminate fat, the long-term fat-burning potential of exercise, the counterintuitive fact that meal-skipping really doesn't facilitate weight loss, and more.

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Full Episode: Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosley (Expires 9/7/13)

Above: Update: Now available for online viewing through Setpember 7, 2013.

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Full Episode: The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley (Expires 9/14/13)

Above: Update: This video is now available for online viewing through September 14, 2013. British journalist and physician Michael Mosley investigates, using himself as the guinea pig, whether humans can get exercise benefits from working out just three minutes a week. He also discovers that a one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is no longer the best that science can offer. With advances in genetic testing, scientists are uncovering new, surprising truths about what exercise really does to our bodies and why we all respond to it differently. In "The Truth About Exercise," Mosley discovers a complex interplay between genes and environment. He also finds that to get the most out of exercise, people need to perform the right types of exercise, at the right time and in the right place.

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Full Episode: Guts With Michael Mosley (Expires 5/18/13)

Above: This episode is available for online viewing through Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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Avatar for user 'dbeck433'

dbeck433 | April 4, 2013 at 2:14 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Where is the whole video?? I started to watch it last night and I fell asleep and missed half of the show...please let me know How I can watch the whole show on Eat, Fast - Live.

Thank you

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | April 4, 2013 at 2:42 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

You can watch the whole video here: http://video.kpbs.org/video/2363162206

Enjoy!

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Jennifer Robinson, KPBS Staff | April 4, 2013 at 2:46 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Or watch it above - I just embedded the full program. It is available for online viewing through May 4, 2013.

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duffybates | April 5, 2013 at 11:23 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

The video and audio appear to be off by just a few seconds.

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